Tuscola students tackle summer speech clinic

By Kayleigh Rahn
About 22 Tuscola Tigers had the opportunity to continue their work in speech and language thanks to work by North Ward Speech Therapist Kathy Fair and the Tuscola Community Foundation.

The TCF Summer Speech Clinic was made possible by a $1,500 grant from TCF, and Fair says she was happy to bring her past experiences to help her Tuscola students.

Fair says she’s hosted speech clinics in the past at various area schools including Sullivan, Bethany, and ALAH; however, this was her first summer working a clinic as a school district employee. In the past she worked part-time as a contractor fro Health Services Consultants, Inc. based in Champaign. She worked for HSC until the close of the 2016-2017 school year.

That’s when she got divorced, which prompted a lifestyle change.

“This is my first time working fulltime for a school district, and it was great,” Fair said about the past school year. “It was a super experience with an amazing staff and amazing district support and the best kids ever, really. It’s just been a super year.”

With Fair on board, the district was able to hire a second part-time pathologist to supplement the caseload. In the end, Tuscola students received the equivalent of up to eight days per week of speech instruction rather than five in the past.

Fair said many students were seeing momentum build until the final weeks of school, which prompted Fair to consult with Tuscola Schools Superintendent Michael Smith regarding the summer speech clinic.

“I spoke with Mr. Smith and shared my experience with running summer speech clinics and my interest in hoping to do some of that here in Tuscola,” she said.

Smith placed Fair in contact with The Tuscola Community Foundation, a publicly supported non-profit corporation that funds programs and services that serve a broad spectrum of interest, such as education, health and human services, scientific research, religion and youth activities.

The full story can be found in the Wednesday, Aug. 15 edition of The Tuscola Journal.

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